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As in the previous pic, here is a close-up of the pink 'Klapperbos' also known as Chinese Lantern or botanically as Nymania Capenses. There is only 1 species world wide and indigenous to South Africa, mainly in the Western Cape.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS
Lens:6.2 - 18.6 mm (35 mm equivalent: 34.2 - 102.7 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Sep 2012 - 2:06 PM
Focal Length:6.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:'Klapperbos'
Username:Averil Averil
Uploaded:14 Oct 2012 - 9:56 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Lantern, Pink, Plant
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2012 - 10:22 AM

A nice picture Averil and good differential focussing. Givn that you used a focal length of 35mm equiv the differential ius slight and could have been better, had you wished it of course, by using a longer focal length which would have given you an increase in the blurring of the background.

Compositionally, my preference here is for a 7" X 5" portrait style format, as to me the extremities in your 'almost' square format are not complementary to your main subject. I ahve uploaded a mod with this crop and also adjustment given to both levels and also colour curves.

Frank

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Davesumner
14 Oct 2012 - 11:47 AM

Hi Averil,

Frank has pretty much summed up the shot in his critique but I would like to address the reasons for the critique. It is important when taking shots like this that you consider several things. The light is the most important thing in photography and here your shor suffers because the light is a little too harsh. The best light of the day is at sunrise and sunset (the golden hours) but around midday it becomes too bright and gives harsh shadows. Looking at the exif data, this shot was taken at 2.06pm and this is midday sun and it has caused the bright highlights on the leaves and petals etc. To avoid this you could come back at the golden hours and retake the shot or use something to diffuse the light such as a cloud over the sun or some sort of carryable diffuser, some reflectors can also be diffusers. If you are not sure what I mean then when it is midday and the sun is shining, take a look at peoples shadows on the ground then wait until a cloud covers the sun and watch those shadows disappear, that is diffused light.

Also there is the composition, the flowers weren't going to run away like wildlife does so you have time to have a look at them and decide what is the best angle to take them from. The light comes into this as well because often the best side is the side the light is coming from and in this case, the opposite side to which you took this shot. Look at what's in the background and if it is distracting, don't include it in the shot. In your image the sky is a distraction and it could have easily been avoided by just standing up a little. Think about what your composition is going to be, include it all or get in close, avoid the sky in the background if possible. Always ensure that the part of the image that is your main subject is pin sharp and lastly, if you can, meter for the highlights.

I hope this helps.

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 14 Oct 2012 - 11:50 AM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 7:14 PM

A decent record. Ideally you could have done with less lighting on the background to give better separation for the flowers. Lighting rather than depth of field here I think.

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